Tribute to Mr. John Bermingham RIP. by Cllr. P.J.Hourican, Lord Mayor of Cork 2000-2001.
Press Release Dated 3rd November 2000.
''John Bermingham served the people of Cork with distinction, firstly as founder of Cork Polio and General After Care Association now known as COPE,
when he saw the need to look after people with disabilities following an outbreak of Polio in Cork in the late 1950s.
With his foresight and determination, he spearheaded and developed services for people with disabilities in Cork and was involved in establishing the National Rehabilitation Board.
John Bermingham was a man who got things done,and was determined that those who were unable to look after themselves due to disability receive the highest standard of care.
As a public representative and Lord Mayor of Cork, John Bermingham served with distinction and had a vision for the city he loved.
He will be remembered with affection by all who knew him and especially by his own family and the families and friends of the disabled on whose behalf he was always fighting for the the best.
John was a family man and I extend deepest sympathy on my own behalf, and on behalf of the people of Cork, to his wife and family, and especially to his son Brian"